Biking to work is great for your body, mind and environment; not so good for your appearance or your safety. Are you among the many who have to lug around an extra set of — often times wrinkly — clothes to change into at the office? Are you still tooling around on your bike in the evening? You may want to update your wardrobe.
Online clothier Betabrand has woven reflective elements into a new collection of stylish, office-appropriate bike-to-work apparel. You can safely ride, work, and still meet up for happy hour all in the same outfit. Betabrand does it all for you — you just have to keep the sweat at bay.
"This is all part of a growing collection of products for active workers" says Betabrand founder Chris Lindland in a release. "From Dress Pant Yoga to Ready Shirts, our most popular new designs marry performance fabrics with professional lives."
Every piece of reflective wear is strategically placed for both safety and style. The shirts are made of soft poly cotton with reflective 3M threads woven within. The trousers feature reflective cuffs and V-flaps that deploy from a rear pocket, and the jackets feature shiny epaulettes and flaps that riders can reveal at night. Brilliant!
The black Bike to Work Skirt looks like a classic office staple, the pencil skirt, but with cool life-saving features. Unzip the sides (zipper stays hidden in the godet unless unzipped) to reveal hidden panels that allow for a wider range of motion and better coverage when riding your bike. It also has a “deployable” reflective pocket flag so you can be seen at night. And yes, it’s moisture-wicking.
The men's Bike to Work Blazer has a slim, tailor fit with reflective binding on the back vents (only exposed when you lean over the handlebars), under the collar (exposed when you pop it) and as a flip-out tab at the cuffs. There's also an inside chest pocket so you can secure valuables.
The women’s three-quarter-sleeve, plaid Reflective Shirt Dress has reflective yarns woven throughout that can only be seen at night — so you won’t get nasty looks at the office. It comes with adjustable side tabs so you can create a more tailored waistline.
Defy the elements with the water-resistant softshell Bike to Work Jacket. There are hidden reflective strips on the cuffs and epaulettes that you can deploy in seconds, plus an equally blinding pullout in back. It also features zippered pockets with glow-in-the-dark zipper pulls, mesh vents under the arms and a detachable hood.